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The 'Sink-Urinal' Saves Water, Encourages Men To Wash Hands

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The 'Sink-Urinal' Saves Water, Encourages Men To Wash Hands

The design, called Stand, is already in use in several European countries.

The design, called Stand, is already in use in several European countries.

Ingus Bajars/Courtesy of Kaspar Jursons

In a blog series we're calling "Weekly Innovation," we'll explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. (Have an innovation to share? .)

A Latvian designer named Kaspars Jursons is trying to help solve European water shortages by redesigning the men's restroom. His new urinal design includes .

"It's not just a fancy piece of art," he says. "The idea is about function and consumption. You are washing your hands in the sink on top of the urinal, and the same water that's running is also used to flush. You don't have to use water twice, like when you use the urinal and wash your hands in separate sink."

The Stand sink-urinal sells for about $590.

The Stand sink-urinal sells for about $590.

Ingus Bajars/Courtesy of Kaspar Jursons

The design, called Stand, sells for about $590 per unit. They're getting manufactured on a small production line and have already sold to buyers in Norway, Germany, Russia, Poland and Jursons' home country, Latvia.

Several sink-urinals are currently installed in a concert venue in Riga, Latvia, where Jursons reports they have worked smoothly and saved thousands of liters of water.

The tap is hands-free and sensor-activated, and Jursons says having the sink right over the urinal gives it another feature: an in-your-face reminder to wash your hands.

When asked whether folks might find the sink and the urinal a little too close for comfort, Jursons says, "It is more suitable for hygiene than just a urinal and then guys who don't wash [their] hands."

Ladies, if you think your restrooms deserve new design concepts too, stay tuned. Jursons says his next concept is a sink-toilet combo that not only saves water, but saves a lot of bathroom space.

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by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM
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beinghuman
by Member on Jul. 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM

No lol, I got stuck on the mental image of my DH just standing there, exposed to world, with water dripping off his hands wondering what to do lol. I never actually worked it out logically in my head how it would work but as soon as DH gets home I will ask him lol and see if I am right =)


Quoting Ms.Chrln:

Wouldn't they put everything away and then wash their hands?


Quoting beinghuman:

So they have to put away thier goods with wet hands? Sounds comfy, or after washing their hands they dangle to the paper towel dispenser? Hope the floors aren't slippery!




Ms.Chrln
by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM
lol


Quoting beinghuman:

No lol, I got stuck on the mental image of my DH just standing there, exposed to world, with water dripping off his hands wondering what to do lol. I never actually worked it out logically in my head how it would work but as soon as DH gets home I will ask him lol and see if I am right =)



Quoting Ms.Chrln:

Wouldn't they put everything away and then wash their hands?





Quoting beinghuman:

So they have to put away thier goods with wet hands? Sounds comfy, or after washing their hands they dangle to the paper towel dispenser? Hope the floors aren't slippery!







lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Jul. 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM
1 mom liked this
I don't know how men deal with penises. They're so silly.
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jul. 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

I think its kinda genius

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jul. 9, 2013 at 5:19 PM

 Interesting.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jul. 9, 2013 at 5:21 PM

OK...I just can't help it. Whenever you make these comments I hear them in your avi's voice! LOL

Quoting Euphoric:

 Interesting.


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Mrs.Kubalabuku
by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM

The few men's restrooms I have been in, I don't think washing hands will do much good.  Even the sinks are nasty, the door to get out is FILTHY, and now they're placing that sink where all the men with terrible aim pee?  And I'm sorry, where is the soap?  I don't see soap up there, just the water faucet...?

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jul. 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

This is exactly what DH said only hes been in a lot of mens rooms.

Quoting Mrs.Kubalabuku:

The few men's restrooms I have been in, I don't think washing hands will do much good.  Even the sinks are nasty, the door to get out is FILTHY, and now they're placing that sink where all the men with terrible aim pee?  And I'm sorry, where is the soap?  I don't see soap up there, just the water faucet...?


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Mrs.Kubalabuku
by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM


LOL  Great minds think alike!

Quoting NWP:

This is exactly what DH said only hes been in a lot of mens rooms.

Quoting Mrs.Kubalabuku:

The few men's restrooms I have been in, I don't think washing hands will do much good.  Even the sinks are nasty, the door to get out is FILTHY, and now they're placing that sink where all the men with terrible aim pee?  And I'm sorry, where is the soap?  I don't see soap up there, just the water faucet...?




Ms.Chrln
by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 5:33 PM
I showed this to my husband he thinks its cool
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